I realize that I cannot speak for everyone, but 2016 was a very good year for me. In terms of self-actualization and self-care, I grew a lot. I realized how much I can handle and I learned that I am a lot better at managing crises than I initially thought. I never go into any year saying that it’s going to be “my year” because although I constantly strive to better myself every day, I realize shit happens. However, I do plan on making this upcoming year my best yet, and I am sticking to a set of reasonable plans and goals that will help me do so.
- I will spend less time on my phone. – I have a really bad habit of checking social media or my texts at inappropriate times. Plus, I am constantly checking my email to make sure I didn’t make a mistake at work or miss an assignment. I am resolving to put my phone aside when it’s not completely necessary.
- I will tone my body. – I am currently in the process of “bulking up” and my body is currently in an awkward “skinny-fat” state. I’ve been eating a lot healthier and I haven’t consumed any fast food in nearly two months. Near the end of this past semester, I began waking up at 5:00 am and working out in my apartment complex’s gym before school and work. I plan on continuing this regimen into the upcoming year.
- Improve my credit score. – This past weekend, by some miracle, my credit score managed to improve by 15 points. While I won’t disclose my score itself, I will say that it’s currently in the “good” range. I am graduating college in May, and my goal is to have my credit score in the “excellent” range by then.
- I will relocate. – One of the reasons I’m wanting to improve my credit score is so that I can sign a lease for an apartment without a cosigner. If I have a good credit history, a landlord is more likely to want to rent to me. I have been sending out resumes and cover letters for “grown-up” jobs, most of which are out of state. I used a roommate matching service and met a potential roommate in the event that I choose to move to New York City. If I move to Los Angeles, My friend Jon and I have agreed to live together. If I don’t end up in either city, hell, I’ll even be down to relocate to a different part of DFW.
- I will learn HTML/Coding. – Let’s be honest; I’m sure a lot of people my age exaggerate on their resumes. I can’t be the only one who lists that they’re knowledgeable of HTML, when all they remember is stuff they learned by messing around on MySpace in seventh grade. I would like to have a more discernible knowledge of HTML and CSS coding, as a skill for the workplace and as a means of improving the quality of my blog. I know I have a lot to learn, but it’s nothing I can’t learn from YouTube, right?
- I will be more vocal about my support towards issues I care about. – With Trump as president, it is vital now more than ever that we not remain silent about problems in our country. I will continue to read, share, and spread awareness of issues I am passionate about.
- I will not compare myself to others. – It’s really easy to log into Facebook, see what my old friends are up to, and feel like I haven’t accomplished what I should have by now. I am confident in the fact that I am where I need to be and that if I’m not satisfied with my life, I am capable of making the necessary adjustments in order to improve its quality.
2016 was a very important year for me, however, I am glad that it is coming to an end. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!